Mosab Hassan Yousef ( born 1978 ) is a Palestinian and son of aHamasfounder and leaderSheikhHassan Yousef. From 1997 to 2007, he worked undercover for Israel’s internal security serviceShin Bet, which considered him its most valuable source within theHamasleadership.
According to Israeli sources, the information Yousef supplied prevented dozens ofsuicide attacksand assassinations of Israelis, exposed numerousHamas cells, and assisted Israel in hunting down manya militants, including his own father. In March 2010, he published his autobiography titled Son ofHamas.
Yousef has since converted to Christianity and moved to California. His request for political asylum in theUnited Stateswas granted pending a routine background check on June 30, 2010.
In 1999, Yousef met a British missionary who introduced him to Christianity. Between the years 1999 and 2000, Yousef gradually embraced Christianity. In 2005, he was secretly baptized inTel Avivby a Christian tourist. He left the West Bank for the United States in 2007 and lived some time inSan Diego/California, where he joined the Barabbas Road Church.
In August 2008, Yousef publicly revealed his Christianity and renouncedHamas and theArab leadership, thereby endangering himself and exposing his family in Ramallah to persecution.Yousef has also claimed that his aim was to bring peace to the Middle East. He still hopes to return to Israel when there is peace.
Mosab has stated that despite his conversion to Christianity, he is against religion and does not adhere to anydenomination of Christianity. He has stated “Religion steals freedom, kills creativity, turns us into slaves and against one another. Yes, I am talking about Christianity as well asIslam. Most Christians I have seen seem to have missed the point that Jesus redeemed us from religion. Religion is nothing but man’s attempts to get back to God. Whether it isIslam, Christianity, Judaism,Buddhism, Hinduism, animism, any ism. Religion can’t save mankind. Only Jesus could save mankind through his death and resurrection. And Yeshua-Jesus is the only way to God.”
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